How to Seal a Wood Boat Floor

How to Seal a Wood Boat Floor
Enjoying a day out on the water, shouldn't come with the worry of a leaky, sagging boat floor. Some boats have aluminum flooring while others have wooden floors. If you have a wooden floor in your boat, it constantly needs to be maintained. Without proper care, the wood will not be able to stand up to the water that it is introduced to it regularly. By following these few steps, you will be able to provide your wooden boat flooring with the proper care, allowing you to enjoy endless trips out on the water.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Water Mild Soap Cleaning brush Sealant Paint brush
  • Water
  • Mild Soap
  • Cleaning brush
  • Sealant
  • Paint brush
Step 1
Clean the boat floor using water and mild soap. This is going to remove debris or other substances that will keep the sealant from adhering to the wooden floor. Complete this process by vigorously scrubbing the floor with a cleaning brush.
Step 2
Apply a water-based wood floor sealant to the boat flooring using a paint brush, after the flooring has had plenty of time to dry completely from the cleaning. Pay special attention to the edges and low spots of your boat deck. Water generally pools here and increases the chance for water damage.
Step 3
Allow sealant to completely dry before introducing the boat to water again. If the sealant is mixed with water, it will discontinue the affect of sealing.
Step 4
Take the boat back out onto the water, once the sealant has completely dried. When water appears on the floor of the boat, it should bead up and run off. If the water soaks into the wooden floor, you will need to repeat the sealing treatment once again.

Tips & Warnings

 
Sometimes, wooden boat floors will require more then one treatment with your sealing product.
 
Sometimes, wooden boat floors will require more then one treatment with your sealing product.

Article Written By Jason M. Bruner

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on various websites.

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